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Gene regulation, not just genes, is what sets humans apart

The striking differences between humans and chimps aren’t so much in the genes we have, which are 99 percent the same, but in the way those genes are used, according to new research from a Duke University team.

Aug 12, 2007
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Bacteria to run our cars, warm our homes

The United States Department of Energy has devoted $1.6 million to sequencing the DNA of six photosynthetic bacteria that Washington University in St. Louis biologists will examine for their potential as one ...

Oct 10, 2006
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Fast-growing trees could take root as future energy source

A tree that can reach 90 feet in six years and be grown as a row crop on fallow farmland could represent a major replacement for fossil fuels. Purdue University researchers are using genetic tools in an effort ...

Aug 23, 2006
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Evidence of evolutionary selection found in 544 genes

(PhysOrg.com) -- By comparing the genomes of humans and five other mammals, Cornell researchers have identified 544 genes that have been shaped by positive selection over millions of years of evolution.

Sep 16, 2008
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Researchers Discover the 'Big Sperm Paradox'

Syracuse University Ph.D. student Adam Bjork is a man on a mission: to unlock the mysteries of cryptic female choice. He’s not studying psychology or trying to get a date—he’s a student of biology in ...

Jun 08, 2006
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Time in a bottle: Scientists watch evolution unfold

A 21-year Michigan State University experiment that distills the essence of evolution in laboratory flasks not only demonstrates natural selection at work, but could lead to biotechnology and medical research ...

Oct 18, 2009
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